WELCOME to Union Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a St. Louis, Missouri, open and affirming faith community that welcomes all God's people to Christ's table. Our vision today and as we move into the future is to be a faithful community growing in the treasures of justice, stewardship, artistic expression and hospitality. We invite you to join us as we strive to serve and worship God … to embrace and learn from God’s word … to celebrate what is good and beautiful … to seek justice … and to demonstrate Christ’s love in our daily lives.
… a faith community growing in the treasures of justice, stewardship,
artistic expression and hospitality.
Our outreach ministries at Union Avenue Christian Church follow Christ’s example of reaching out into the world to share, to heal, to offer hope and compassion, and to change lives. As a faith community, we share the compelling belief that every person is valuable and was created with unique abilities and purpose.
The tradition of lifelong religious education at Union Avenue Christian Church dates back to the church’s founding. It was Dr. James M. Philputt, Union Avenue’s first senior minister, who nudged the congregation into examining the Bible and sacred texts in new ways — consistent with “modern scholarly interpretation.”
The arts help us to encounter the holy and the sacred. The arts inspire us to look at ourselves and our lives, reminding us of the possibility of a full human life — full in the sense of the exercise of our imagination, the use of our perceptions and senses, and the questioning of the unknown and the incomplete.
Rachel Cooper, Disciples Homeland Ministries intern serving the URBAN MISSION INN, shares her insights into a week in the life of the Urban Mission Inn. People's ideas and understanding change after an immersive week-long experience of serving and learning together in mission. Click through to read more …
OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN ONCE AGAIN — this time by the hateful violence at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. To those who lost loved ones, may you be surrounded with love in your grief and loss; to the injured and your families, may you know healing and hope; to the brave first responders and caregivers, as you face the memories of what you witnessed, may you find peace of mind; to LGBTQ neighbors – beloved of God – to families, allies and friends, may you find courage and hope in the knowledge of our love.
ONE COULD DO WORSE THAN BE A SWINGER OF BIRCHES … Thomas Virgil Stockdale (Tom), age 82, passed away on June 9, 2016 at his home in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born on July 27, 1933, in Peoria Illinois.
This Sunday, May 29, we will GATHER AT THE TABLE for worship as we welcome sisters and brothers from FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, Rockwood, Tennessee, as they prepare to serve in mission to our community with us. We will share stories of hope and faith, and share messages of resolve and thanksgiving with members of our armed services and families in need. Please join us as we gather at the table …
The ARTS GROUP OF UNION AVENUE will unveil an exhibition of works by ARTISTS FIRST STL, an open art studio for people with disabilities, Friday, June 3, 6 – 8 p.m. in the Gretchen Brigham Gallery in the Union Avenue Christian Church. Click through to learn more …
In the midst of our human confusion and conflict, God sends a Spirit of fire and wind to shake us and stir us; to shape us and send us; to make sense of all our frenzied words and compose them into a beautiful song of grace and abundance. PLEASE JOIN US PENTECOST SUNDAY, May 15, 2016, at 10:45 a.m. as we celebrate the birth of Christ's church and witness to the Spirit of God that makes sense of all our frenzied dreams and prayers.
When was the last time you … took a leap of faith? When was the last time you … let go of your worries? When was the last time you … put your whole self in? God gives us the chance to experience joy every day … we just have to reach out and seize the opportunity. We invite you to read more about how you can support the URBAN MISSION INN during the summer of 2016 ...
WHICH FLAVOR ARE YOU … Our regular Sunday School Classes will have their final sessions on Sunday, May 22. During the summer, we will have a joint adult class and a joint children’s class June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17. The Joint Adult Class will be reading Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery, by Don Richard Riso.
"When I look back on things before the events of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Florida, I BELIEVE THAT THE CHURCH HAD BECOME SOMEWHAT COMPLACENT. We had closed our eyes, put our hands over our ears, and, oftentimes, I think we didn't want to acknowledge what was happening."
The ARTS GROUP OF UNION AVENUE (AGUA) is sponsoring a juried art show in August 2016 entitled DOUBT. This exhibit is open to submissions by 2-D artists and 3-D sculptors and mixed media artists (gallery not equipped for video). Click through to read all about it and learn how to submit your entries.